National Geographic, July 1977. Gimi people of Papua New Guinea: Linked by an “umbilical cord” at a ritual, a young man and his mother dramatize maternal influence, rarely acknowledged publicly.
Ontologies as emergent: Indigenous philosophical propositions concerning the past, the present, and possible futures
Paige West (Columbia University, New York)
Discutant : Philippe Descola (Collège de France)
Much has been said of late about the multiple forms of knowing, being, seeing, feeling, and narrating worlds among people and peoples with whom anthropologists work. In this paper I push this conversation forward by asking about the emergent natures of ontological propositions. I do this based on eighteen years of research on the island of New Guinea. Gimi speaking peoples in the Eastern Highlands of…
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